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Today's Matchups Around the Ranger's System

Today's (5/20) Match-Ups Around the Ranger's System

Round Rock: Martin Perez (3-3 5.27) vs. Fresno Grizzlies: Andrew Kown (3-1 2.61) @ 1:00 PM CT

Myrtle Beach: Kyle Hendricks (1-4 2.91) @ Wilmington Blue Rocks: Sugar Ray Marimon (3-0 2.65) @ 12:30 PM CT

Hickory : Santo Perez (2-2 6.19) @ Asheville Tourists: Daniel Winkler (4-2 6.06) @ 1:05 PM CT

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Game 16: Corpus Christi Hooks (Xavier Cedeno) @ Frisco RoughRiders (Wilfredo Boscan)

Time: 4:00 PM CT
Location: Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
Team Records: Frisco RoughRiders (6-9 3 games back in the Texas League South)... Corpus Christi Hooks (6-9 3 games back in the Texas League South)
Streak: Lost 1 in a row
Last 10: 3-7
Starting Pitchers: Wilfredo Boscan (1-1 7.36 ERA)... Xavier Cedeno (0-3 9.82 ERA)

What to Watch for on the Mound: Both teams send their starters out for the 4th time this year... Wilfredo Boscan brings a 7.36 ERA and 1.73 WHIP into his 4th start, although he has been solid in 2 of his 3 starts for the Riders. In his last outing, last Monday, Boscan went 5 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 6 batters and did not issue a walk. He received a no decision due to the game lasting 15 innings before Frisco lost 4-3 in the bottom of the 15th. Boscan also gave up 2 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings in the Rider's season opener when he struck out 3 batters and walked 1. He got his first AA victory in that start. On the season, Boscan has given up 16 hits and 3 walks in 11 innings, while he has struck out 9 batters and given up 3 homeruns... Xavier Cedeno, on the other hand, has gotten hit pretty hard in all 3 of his starts. In his last start, Cedeno gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings. In his last 2 starts he has gone a combined 6 innings and has given up 12 runs (9 earned) on 13 hits and 4 walks. The 24 year old southpaw has given up 17 hits in 11 innings on the year with 8 walks to just 6 strikeouts. Last year Cedeno pitched out of relief with the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League. He appeared in 28 games and had a 4.79 ERA. A 31st round pick in the 2004 draft by the Colorado Rockies, Cedeno has a career 4.68 ERA in 485 innings in the minor leagues.

Great Beginning, Bad Ending: The Riders looked like they would continue the offensive explosion that took place on Friday in Saturday's game when they loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning. But a sacrifice fly with Tommy Mendonca, a Jonathan Greene strikeout, and a Jose Ruiz ground out later and the Riders scored their only run of the game in a 3-1 loss to the Hooks. They didn't lack chances as they had runners on base in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 9th. They only got one player into scoring position after the 1st inning, however, which came on a double by Jose Ruiz in the 4th inning.

Pimentel Solid: While run support didn't exactly come for Carlos Pimentel, he did pitch well in the loss, at least much better than he had been. Pimentel allowed 7 baserunners (5 hits and 2 walks) in 5 2/3 innings, gave up 3 runs (2 earned), and struck out 3. He gave up a homerun as well to Wladimir Sutil.

Bullpen Good Again: Corey Young and Justin Miller combined for 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief in the 3-1 loss. That gives the bullpen a 0.79 ERA in the 3 game set with the Hooks. The only blemish was the 1 run that Ramon Aguero gave up in 0+ innings. Aguero was placed on the DL yesterday in the flurry of moves that affected the Riders.

More Discipline Struggles:  Riders did not walk again on Saturday night, which gives them 4 walks in their last 5 games, or 4 walks in their last 47 innings. To go further, they have 14 walks in their last 9 games spanning 79 innings at the plate. Michael Bianucci leads the team with 8 walks, but only 2 other players have at least 4 walks for the season and one of those, Joey Butler, is in AAA. The Riders have 35 walks for the season, which makes them in last place in the Texas League and 9 behind the next closest, Corpus Christi.

Flared up Moments: There was a moment of tension in last night's game between the Riders and Hooks when reliever Corey Young hit Jon Gaston to leadoff the top of the 8th inning. Gaston threw the bat down and appeared to be ready to charge the mound before the home plate umpire was quick enough to get in front of him and calm him down. Both dugouts were warned after the incident, but it could make for an interesting Sunday game.

Lightning Show: The baseball game wasn't the only interesting thing for the fans that did stick around amid the storms in the area, specifically to the west where tornado warnings were in affect in counties to the west. The game was never delayed, but the lightning was certainly a spectacle in the game. Outside of a couple down pours it ended up being a pretty nice night if you find weather and baseball fascinating.

Around the Ranger's System:

Round Rock (AAA) managed just 3 hits in a 5-0 loss to the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Jordan Lyles made the start for the Redhawks and shut the Express down for 7 strong innings. Lyles gave up 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Michael Kirkman made the start for Round Rock and went 5 innings. Kirkman gave up 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts in his first start since being sent down by the Rangers. Former Riders Endy Chavez, Craig Gentry, and Joey Butler supplied the hits for Round Rock with 1 each.

Myrtle Beach (high-A) tagged the Kinston Indians pitching for 16 hits and 11 runs in an 11-2 victory. Michael Olt went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI in the game. Six Pelicans hitters manged 2 or more hits and 8 of the 9 hitters had a RBI in the game. Chris McGuinnes went 2 for 4 with a RBI and 2 walks. Joe Wieland got his 1st win of the season as he pitched 7 shutout innings for Myrtle Beach. Wieland gave up 6 hits, struck out 6, and did not walk a batter. Wieland now has 23 strikeouts to 3 walks in 19 innings for the season. Kasey Kiker pitched the final 2 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs, allowed 1 hit, walked 3, and struck out 2.

Hickory (low-A) used a 6 run 1st inning to help towards a 9-4 victory over the Hagerstown Suns. Andrew Clark hit a 1st inning grand slam and went 2 for 5 in the game. Joshua Richmond went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs in the game. Odubel Herrera added his 1st homerun of the year as part of a 2 for 5 effort. Tomas Telis went a rare 0 for 5 in the game and Jake Skole went 1 for 3 with 2 walks. Roman Mendez made the start for the Crawdads and went 5 innings, gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, 1 run, and struck out 6 batters. Zach Osborne pitched 3 shutout innings for his 3rd hold of the year.

Minor League Performance of the Night:
Although it's become quite ordinary, it has to go to the San Antonio Missions. The Missions once again had an offensive explosion. For the third time this season in just 15 games, they scored 20 or more runs. This time they beat the Midland Rockhounds 21-8. They were up 18-3 after 5 innings. 3 runs in the 9th inning gave them 21 for the game. One game after going 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts, Jaff Decker hit 2 homeruns and drove in 7 runs for the Missions. For the third time this season, Jaff and Cody Decker hit homeruns in the same game. Kyle Phillips went 5 for 6 with a homerun, 3 RBI, and 3 runs in the game. Five Mission's hitters had at least 3 hits and every hitter had at least a hit. The 9-1-2 hitters combined for 14 RBI in the win. 7 of the 9 hitters in the Missions lineup have at least a .310 batting average on the season. They have now scored more than 20 runs against 3 different teams in the Texas League. They scored 23 against Tulsa, 26 against Northwest Arkansas, and 21 against Midland. The 70 runs combined is more than the Hooks and Travelers have scored for the season and more than what 45 total minor league teams have scored for the season.

As always...

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